The Emerald Key
by Mark Frederickson & Melora Pineda
Penny and Laci are headed for a mundane summer vacation until a mysterious journal unlocks a portal to another world and they find themselves face to face with a baby dragon. In an attempt to send their new acquisition back to its home, the girls, along with two neighborhood friends, get sucked through to a mythical world. In this land, they must battle foes seen and unseen, pushing them to both their physical and mental limits. If they fail to stop the powers they’ve unleashed, it could not only destroy this strange world, but also annihilate their own.
If you’ve got a middle-grade reader, you’ve got to introduce them to The Emerald Key! It is filled with fun characters and a fantastical plot that is sure to entertain even the most reluctant of readers.
The Emerald Key takes readers on an amazing journey to another world…by way of the attic! Penny’s grandma is going to be getting remarried many years after her husband disappeared without a trace. While Penny and her best friend Laci are in the attic looking for things her grandma needs, they find a hidden box. It contains a green stone and a journal which Laci, the bookworm, begins to read while holding the stone. I’ll bet you know what is coming! A magical land filled with dragons and other creatures awaits the girls and some friends.
The kids meet some friends and some foes in the magical land. They face many obstacles, but they stay strong and keep going. Their journey is filled with danger, humor, and strength. Your child will laugh and wonder and worry while being completely enthralled by this story!
I definitely recommend this to any lovers of fantasy.
Praise for The Emerald Key
“In The Emerald Key, authors Mark Frederickson and Melora Pineda take readers on a fast-paced journey sure to enthrall not only middle-grade readers but their parents, as well. Laci and Penny will appeal to anyone looking for strong, resourceful female characters and the side characters are well-developed and hilarious, too (my favorite might be Buzz!).”
– Author Julie Gardner
“A real page turner, loved it. This book is funny and an adventure story for both young and old readers. I’m looking forward to the next book!”
Mark was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated UC Santa Barbara with a degree in film and has worked in the film industry for years. He has written several screenplays and had a show optioned by MTV. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Rebecca and his daughter Sara. This is his first novel, and hopefully not his last.
After Melora graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, she worked in the television industry for several years before becoming a library volunteer at her daughters’ school. Her passion for both reading and entertainment inspired her to write. This is her first novel. She currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and a pet bunny and a fish. Oh…never mind, the fish died.
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